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Old 07-29-2018, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default Plastic vent lids cracked by sun

We bought a new 2018 24í Alumilite in December. We notice in mid July that the sun had baked and cracked the very thin plastic vent lids in both the bathroom and the bedroom. The plastic was very thin, maybe 1/32Ē. We were about to have a thunderstorm and something told me to check our trailer. Both lids had cracks. The one in the bedroom had a 3 square inch piece fall out. We secured black poly over them both while braving lightning and rain. We have ordered a metal carport to park under, but the installation is 60 days out. In 7 months of sun exposure the lids fell completely apart. Has anyone else experienced this? I have ordered Maxxair fans to replace them. I called the dealer in Columbus GA and they said they would ship out new ones right away. They have not done so, for itís been a week, and it is only 2 day shipping from here.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:34 AM   #2
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They sell covers for the vents.
Here's one as an example;
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Roof-Vent-C....Xrv+vent.TRS0
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They sell covers for the vents.
Here's one as an example;
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Roof-Vent-C....Xrv+vent.TRS0
I am aware that I can buy a new one. The problem for me is two fold. 1. It is in warranty. 2. It is less than a year old. Is this a part that has to be replaced every six months? Does everyone else have paper thin plastic as we do? If the factory puts thin, undependable parts on, Iíll just upgrade to a fantastic fan or something else.
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I am aware that I can buy a new one. The problem for me is two fold. 1. It is in warranty. 2. It is less than a year old. Is this a part that has to be replaced every six months? Does everyone else have paper thin plastic as we do? If the factory puts thin, undependable parts on, Iíll just upgrade to a fantastic fan or something else.
Did you check out the link I provided? Protective covers for the covers. I'm not sure that they come with these from the manufacturer. Had to add them on our rig.
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:23 AM   #5
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I see you must have bought an Ameri-Lite?

From what I'm seeing at the manufacturer they don't come with the protective covers for the vents. Once you get your new lid it would be a good upgrade.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:41 PM   #6
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first thing I did was but a maxxair cover when I bought mine. pretty thin material I noticed.
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The VENT LIDS are extremely thin, in my recent purchase too; but also cheap at $12-$15/each in pairs from Camco; the Vent Lid COVERS (MAXXAIR OR FANTASTIC?) ARE about $25/each w/ 5-year warranty; LIDS, to my knowledge, have no warranty, and MANY, MANY were damaged by recent HAIL STORMS **, (MANY states, nation-wide?); lids take about 5-10-min to replace, if someone didn't mess up hinges w/ Dicor SPARE LIDS are always a good idea, but many can get by w/ gorilla tape or ETERNABOND TAPE REPAIRS while waiting. (** many recent stories of HAIL going right thu lids, roofs, vent lid covers, windshields)
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Hadn’t thought of keeping a spare lid. I put in two Maxxair fans which have much thicker lids, but having a spare on hand is a good idea. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:15 AM   #9
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No hail storms here this year (fortunately). I've always used vent covers on my trailers. They last for at least a decade (as long as I've owned a trailer) and also let you have the vent open when it's raining. I've never had to replace a vent lid.
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:01 PM   #10
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Default MaxxAir covers for vents

When we bought our trailer in 2007 the dealer suggested the MaxxAir covers for the vent lids. We thought just an add-on sale to make more profit. It turned out to be one of the best buys we have made. The siding on the trailer has numerous hail dents from sitting outside for the last 11 years, but no broken vent lids from hail. And.. the only damage to the MaxxAir covers is the MaxxAir labels are about worn off.
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